2021 McKnight Scholar Award

Dec 4, 2020 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: 2021 McKnight Scholar Award

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the McKnight Foundation.  Please forward the call to interested faculty in your departments and divisions.

UCSC Contact: cfr@ucsc.edu
Funder: McKnight Foundation
Opportunity: 2021 McKnight Scholar Awards
Funding: $225,000, over 3 years


The McKnight Scholar Award program gives promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. The intent of the program is to support the commitment by young scientists to a research career that will have an important influence on the study of the brain.


  • An M.D., Ph.D., or other suitable doctorate
  • A record of meritorious research
  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience
  • Full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline (exceptions may be made to allow for parental leave).  Scientists holding other titles such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible, and time spent in service in those ranks does not count against the four years of service for determining eligibility.
  • Documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for the applicant to work in the U.S.

 How to apply:

Please see the specific application guidelines and follow the instructions for online application 


January 4, 2021: Application due
March 2021: Applicants notified
April 22, 2021: Interview in New York City
Late May, 2021: awards announced

 List of McKnight Scholar Awardees:  click here

 Special Requirements:

If you are invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to the UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at resdev@ucsc.edu. A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: December 2, 2020

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website.  CFR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact cf